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West African Beats

Do not believe anyone who tells you that you can never play a drum in a library because with the Art Bus anything is possible! On 21st and 22nd August, the Art Bus paid Gorton Library and Withington Library a visit. This time round, we put our paint and soft pastels away  and got our drums out instead. It was time to give the libraries that energy boost they had been waiting for. Drums play an vital role in the West African culture. This ranges from weddings, parties, festivals, funerals to making very important announcements. There is a meaning to every beat of a drum and different types of drums are used for different purposes. For our music workshop, the Sangban, Adondo, and the Djembe drums came to play and with the help of our skillful drummer Sidiki, we learnt the techniques of an amazing drummer. The room was filled with joy and laughter when the different sizes of drums came together, uniting people from different walks of life. However, drumming was not enough. Our music needed a modern twist so we got our talented DJ Chris to give us basic DJing lessons using turntables, a scratch mixer, amp, speakers and cabling!  The pictures say it all. Our next stop is Preston Guild on 7th September, 2012 from 2pm-7.30pm and 8th September, 2012 from 12pm – 6pm.

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